Candidates: what could happen - in Hunter's view


Now that Boris Johnson has been chosen as our Mayoral candidate, Hunter was wondering who will replace him as Member of Parliament for Henley. Who better than Johnson Snr, who stood for Teignbridge at the last General Election? If Boris didn't win the Mayoralty, Stanley Johnson, now in his late-sixties, could vacate the seat, for Boris, at the following election.

But what about Croydon Central (where it looks increasingly likely that Andrew Pelling won't be able to stand again)? Step forward, then, Andrew Brokenshire, MP. Andrew's Hornchurch constituency is going to be abolished, so he's looking for a new seat. It's a good bet that he'll apply here if he doesn't get Grantham and Stamford.

And if Ann Widdecombe, MP stands down, as expected, blogger Iain Dale is tipped to get the nomination. He would be a wonderful addition to the Green Benches - as indeed would Stanley. Andrew is already an MP - let's hope he stays one!

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